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The MINI-ME-FW is a MINI-ME with FireWire Option Card.
Winner of EQ magazine's 2002 Blue Ribbon Award, the Mini-Me allows you to take Apogee quality anywhere. Mini-Me features two premium mic/instrument preamps and line level inputs. And you can record with confidence using the Soft Limit/Compressor (SLC), a unique new 3 curve stereo compessor/limiter. SLC is ideal when you need extra punch or require a safety net when recording live. Mini-Me is equipped with FireWire for a direct connection to your laptop with a direct/return monitor.
The Apogee Mini-Me is a completely new, 21st-century design from its purple knobs and sturdy extruded metal case, 24/96 sampling capability to its direct computer interfacing via FireWire ? so you can use almost any software you choose. But this compact unit is not a toy. It is a professional audio product and delivers true Apogee professional-quality audio performance, from input to output. Think of it as a Trak2-To Go!
The smooth lines of the Mini-Me front panel begin to tell the story. Left and right input level controls feature a click stop at the far left that activates a preset line/cal level, set with multi-turn trimmers. Accurate LED indicators between the input level controls give a clear display of available headroom.
TWO-CHANNEL MIC/INSTRUMENT PREAMP
The mic preamps are a high-quality design by the team that created our award-winning and widely praised Trak2 preamps. And, like the Trak2, the Mini-Me accepts mic, line and instrument-level inputs.Phantom power is of course provided, and universal XLR/TRS connectors select the instrument input automatically when you plug in a TRS jack.
Apogee has long been famed for our Soft Limit process, designed to maximize digital level without overs ? but now there's a major new twist: we?ve added SLC-"Soft Limit/Compressor"? a unique new three-curve stereo compressor/limiter circuit. It's ideal when you need extra punch, or require a safety net for the unexpected when making live recordings. This powerful new circuitry takes Apogee's dynamics control to a whole new level ? from the people who invented soft limiting for digital conversion.44.1?96 kHz SAMPLE RATES. A single control selects the sample rate and word length. The Mini-Me's converters output a full 24-bit signal at any of the standard rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz sampling. In addition, select 16- or 20-bit outputs at 44.1 or 48 kHz using Apogee's industry standard UV22 HR system for word-length reduction.
The Mini-Me's low-latency FireWire interface carries two channels of audio at up to 24-bits and 96 kHz sampling, from the Mini-Me to the computer and back again for monitoring. Using an operating system that supports FireWire Audio Devices (including Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP, and Macintosh OS 9.x and 10.x), simply select the option in your recording application's preferences. ASIO drivers are also supplied for minimum latency using Windows equipped computers and Mac OSX users enjoy plug and play compatibility under Core Audio. Even if you get the sample rates mismatched between the Mini-Me and your computer, the unit will convert rates automatically. And if you select 24-bit on the Mini-Me and 16 bit on your recording software, the unit will apply UV22HR automatically to the FireWire output.
The Mini-Me FireWire option allows for the aggregation of multiple units for those who want to expand beyond two channels. Add additional units to satisfy your need for great sounding Min-Me conversion, fully scalable and sample accurate with multiple units.
The Mini-Me includes AES/EBU (XLR) and S/PDIF (RCA/coaxial) outputs which are available simultaneously, clocked by a high-stability reference crystal oscillator, making the Mini-Me an ideal master clock.
A comprehensive mono/stereo monitor section allows you to balance the direct sound you?re recording with audio returned via the FireWire port. Apogee's Mini-Me: It's everything you need in a portable converter. Professional performance. Direct FireWire computer connection. AES and S/PDIF. Portability. And of course, Apogee quality.
The Mini-Me's low power consumption makes it ideal for battery operation. The supplied power unit supplies 12v, but the unit will run on AC or DC from 6 to 16 volts. Several suitable battery packs are available.